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[muh-lish-uh s] /məˈlɪʃ əs/

full of, characterized by, or showing ; intentionally harmful; spiteful:
malicious gossip.
Law. vicious, wanton, or mischievous in motivation or purpose.
characterized by malice
motivated by wrongful, vicious, or mischievous purposes

mid-15c., from malicious + -ness.

early 13c., from Old French malicios “showing ill will, spiteful, wicked” (Modern French malicieux), from Latin malitiosus “wicked, malicious,” from malitia “badness, ill will, spite,” from malus “bad” (see mal-). In legal use (early 14c., Anglo-French), it means “characterized by malice prepense.”


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